Best of the Blogs, 4th March 2014

By on 4 March, 2014

Heat map of the world's most photographed places

GeoSpatial world’s image of the week is Panoramio’s heat map of the most photographed places in the world. Interestingly, three of the five most photographed places on the planet are in the EU.

 

Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement of Google’s Project Tango 3D capturing smartphone, LiDAR News has a video from ETH, Zurich, that shows just how 3D tech works in a smartphone.

 

GIS Lounge calls upon all the ladies working in GIS to contribute to a crowd-sourced ‘Women in GIS’ map created by Morgan State University.

 

Phys.org has a fascinating story on the UAE’s desire to use UAVs in citizen services, including using drones to fly government documents to citizens. It’s offering a US$1 million international prize for unmanned aircraft that can improve the quality of life in the oil-rich Gulf state.

 

Google has finally rolled out its new Maps version to all users, but Aleks Buczkowski from GeoAwesomeness isn’t happy with it, penning a tirade entitled four things he hates about the new Google Maps.

 

Newsfactor Business Report (via GEOData Policy) tells us that GeoTagging is a key aspect of the new pay-when-you’re-abroad service planned by MasterCard and Syniverse. It will use it to make sure that your phone and your credit card are in the same place when a credit card is used abroad.

 

The UK government, in line with its carbon reduction commitments, will embrace Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Government projects, according to Between The Poles. The effort over a 5-year time frame is designed to encourage industry participation.  One of the desired outcomes is to position the UK to become a world leader in BIM – creating export potential.

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